iControlAV2013 Application support & Guide


 How to Use     FAQ     Troubleshooting

Support & Guide for iPad, click here

Instruction Manual

 Before you start

Step1 Connect an AV receiver and/or a Blu-Ray disc player to your network environment.

Step2 Connect an iPhone/iPod touch to your WiFi network environment.

Step3 Switch on the AV receiver and/or Blu-Ray disc player.

Step4 Start iControlAV2013.

* You can connect up to four different iOS devices to the same AV receiver simulteneously.
If multiple users are controlling the same device simultaneously, the last operation will take effect.
* Blu-Ray Disc Players do not support control by multiple iOS devices simultaneously.

Example of

*This is an example in case of connection with an iControlAV2013-ready Pioneer Blu-ray Disc player.

You can connect with AV receiver in the same way.

 How To Use

  Navigating iControlAV2013

The Home Menu of iControlAV2013 is organized into two main sections:
    Upper: Basic Operation, including CONTROL, INPUT SELECT and LISTENING MODE
    Lower: Pioneer Unique Sound Settings, including STATUS VIEWER, EMPHASIS, BALANCE, FINGER EQ and SOUND EXPLORER

From the Home Menu you can access each section by swiping to and tapping the desired section.
From within a particular section (ex. Input Select), you can access other sections by swiping the Navigation Bar (pictured) left or right. Swipe the Navigation Bar up or down to access
the Upper and Lower sections.

You can move to the next page in the direction of ▲*1

Navigation Bar
(You can operate with finger Flick action)

■Navigation Structure:

You can see the next page by tapping and holding 
You can return to the "HOME MENU" by tapping 

  HOME MENU <direct select all page>

1. Accessing the "Basic Operation" pages:

You can move to "CONTROL", "INPUT SELECT", "LISTENING MODE" by tapping each image. *1
Swipe to the left or right to access each page.

2. Accessing the "Pioneer Unique Sound Setting" pages:

You can move to "SOUND EXPLORER", "STATUS VIEWER","EMPHASIS", "BALANCE", "FINGER EQ" by tapping each image . *1
Swipe to the left or right to access each page.


You can access the "ECO MANAGER" page by tapping ECO button.


Access settings like Select Product, Operation Mode, Demo Mode, etc


When a compatible Pioneer Blu-ray Disc Player is connected, tap this button to access the BDP Control page. *2

6. "ZONE"

Tap this button to access different Zones *3
* Not all features are supported, depending on the Zone selected.

Control screen

  "ECO MANAGER" <Manges the AV Receiver' energy saving ECO modes>

1. "During Playback"

You can select the listening mode "ECO MODE1"or "ECO MODE2"to adjust settings for energy paving playback.
- "ECO MODE1" is effective for content played at higher volumes consistently. (i.e. Music playback)
- "ECO MODE2" is effective for sources with dynamic content. (i.e. Movies)
* Power consumption can be reduced more with "ECO MODE2" than "ECO MODE1".
* If another listening mode is selected on the LISTENING MODE page, ECO MODE will be turned off.

2. "At Stand-By"

Power consumption can be adjusted in 3 grouped settings:
"Maximum", "Middle" and "Minimum", where "Maximum" is the most aggressive in reducing power consumption.
The power consumption settings in "Maximum" and "Middle" are fixed. The settings in "Minimum" can be adjusted.
* In both "Maximum" or "Minimum with Network standby is OFF", in this case you can not turn on the AV receiver using iControlAV2013.
* When ARC is "OFF", the TV's audio may not be outputted from the AV receiver.

3. "When Not in Use"

You can set the amount of time before the AV receiver automatically turns off (when not receiving an audio or video signal).

4. For an explanation of "ECO MANAGER", tap the button.

  "CONTROL"<basic AV receiver functions control page>

1. "POWER"

You can switch on/off power of the AV receiver by tapping POWER button.  *4


You can adjust the AV receiver volume by dragging the "VOLUME" dial.

3. "MUTE"

You can mute the sound by tapping VOLUME button.

4. "Change to "Other setting page"

You can access "TONE/BALANCE"and "VIDEO MODE" by tappingVOLUMEbutton.

* Depending on the current LISTENING MODE selected, it may not be possible to adjust "TONE/BALANCE".

You can adjust bass, treble and balance from "TONE/BALANCE" page.
In case Sub Zone is selected, you can adjust "Balance LR".
In case Main Zone is selected, the "BALANCE" page appears by tapping TONE/BALANCE button. From this page you can control the multi channel sound balance.

You can adjust the video function setting on the "VIDEO MODE"page.
* Please refer to the AV receiver's owners manual for more information on video paramater adjustments.

  "INPUT SELECT" <Changing the input function>

1. "Input function table"

When the various input function icons are tapped, the input function changes.

2. "Input operations"

Tapping the button on certain inputs takes you to that input's control screen.
* If you want to listen to Spotify on your Pioneer AV Receiver, you have to open the "Spotify App".
* Spotify function does not work in areas where the Spotify service is not available.


You can select the HDMI OUT by tapping  button.
* Depending on HDMI standard specification, using dual monitor output(the both of HDMI out1 and out2)
simultaneously, HDMI output resolution from AV receiver is adjusted to fit for the lower resolution monitor.

4. "PUSH PLAYER" (Please refer for the below "PUSH PLAYER" in detail)

"PUSH PLAYER" allows you to access your iOS device's music library directly from iControlAV2013 to stream wirelessly to the AV receiver.
To access "PUSH PLAYER", tap the   button.

* When multiple zones are connected, you can select the zone to play music to by accessing the "SETTINGS" menu.
* If a selected ZONE does not support the AirPlay, button will not appear.

  "INPUT OPERATIONS" <Operation of INPUT source>

The section below details the operation of the "INTERNET RADIO", "MEDIA SERVER", "FAVORITES" and "iPod/USB" inputs.

1. "LIST"

Shows a list of tracks that are accessible from the selected input.

You can register your favorite music and radio staion to the "FAVORITES" about "INTERNET RADIO", "MEDIA SERVER" by keeping touch the cell of them.
On the other hand, you can also delete your registered favorite from the list of "FAVORITES" by keeping touch the cell of them.

* As for "INPUT CONTROL", you can register during playback.


Tapping this button will update the list that is displayed.

3. "Playback operations panel"

Allows basic playback control.

* The available buttons differ depending on the input selected and the content being played back.

4. "Switch to the Spotify App"

Tapping the button will launch/switch to the Spotify App.

You can select the PRESET about "TUNER" function, if you had registered a redio station behorehand.

  "BDP CONTROL" <basic Blu-Ray disc player functions control page>

* "AUDIO / SUBTITLE / DISPLAY"buttons are added to iControlAV2013.

1. "POWER"

 You can switch on/off power of the Ble-ray disc player by tapping POWER button.  *5


You can select the operation mode.
* You can select the "basic operation mode" by tapping OPERATION MODE button. In this mode, play mode control keys (including PLAY, PAUSE etc) are appeared.
* You can select the"Cross" interface by tapping OPERATION MODE button.

3. "Cross"

You can move cursor by flicking up/down/left/right. Tap action means "ENTER".  *6

List screen
Input operation screen

  "PUSH PLAYER" <Playing music files stored in your iPhone/iPod touch >

"PUSH PLAYER" allows you to access your iOS device's music library directly from iControlAV2013 to stream wirelessly to the AV receiver.
AirPlay is used to output audio to this unit.

1. "Track info."

Displays information about the current track.

2. "Switch to Playlist screen"

Tap this button to switch to the Playlist screen.

3. "Audio output"

Tap this button to display a list of currently connected AirPlay devices Select ayour AV reciever from the Audio output list and music will play to it.

* If no connected AirPlay devices are found, the  will not appear.
* The Audio output screen will display all devices compatible with AirPlay in your network environment.


Shows the list of tracks playing *This playlist is made within iControlAV2013 and is different from the playlists found in the music library of your iPhone/iPod touch.

* Editing this playlist will have no effect on the playlists in your iPhone/iPod touch device's music library.

5. "Add music"

Tapping this button takes you to your iPhone/iPod touch device's music library. From this screen, you can select tracks you wish to add to the iControlAV2013 playlist. press  , and "END" to add a particular track.
* You can also add multiple tracks at one time, or add tracks in units of entire albums or artists.

6. "Edit playlist"

You can rearrange the order of tracks or remove them from the playlist.

7. "Clear music"

Removes all tracks from the iControlAV2013 playlist.
* But, has no effect on the playlists found in the music library of your iPhone/iPod touch.

8. "Playback screen"

Tapping this button takes you to the playback operation screen.

Playback operation screen
Playback operation screen
List screen
List screen


You can select the LISTENING MODE by tapping each LISTENING MODE.
* Not all listening modes are available, depending on the input selected.
* If you set the "ECO MODE" on the ECO MANAGER page, you can change to the normal LISTENING MODE in this page.

  "STATUS VIEWER" <Shows your home theater's real-time status>

"STATUS VIEWER" gives you a real-time look at your home theater environment and the speakers and components you have connected.
Speakers that are connected to the AV receiver are indicated. Speakers currently outputing audio are blinking.
Yellow speaker means "Virtual speaker". Red speaker means "Bi-AMP connection".

You can see additional detail for each component by tapping its corresponding  button.


You can check a connected Monitor or Television's current status


You can check the AV receiver's actual input and output signal information.


You can check the status of speakers connected to the AV receiver.

4. "INPUT"

You can check the INPUT signal information of your AV receiver.

5. "LINK"

You can check the actual playing signal information and sound field image of your AV receiver.


You can check the status of revised Phase by your AV receiver.

Control screen


Here you can set the sound field adjustment function for the AV receiver.  *7

1. "Setting parameters for each individual function"

You can adjust the settings of each function by tapping its circle icon.
Not all Sound settings are supported by your AV receiver. Those that are supported are lighted.

2. "Function Explanation"

When you push HELP button that is appears when an icon has been selected, an easy explanation of the function is displayed.
When an MOVIE button is displayed on the function explanation page, hitting that button allows you to watch an explanation movie
about that function. *8

3. "Operation mode"

You can select the operation mode.
The drop icon mode - circle function icons fall from the top - is activated by tapping DROP button.
The fixed icon position mode is selected by tapping FIX button.
The list mode - all functions and their settings are listed - appears by tapping LIST button.
     You can return to the icon mode by tapping LIST button.

4. "UNDO"

After making a change, tapping the UNDO button will revert the changes just made back to the original settings.
You can redo the setting changes canceled with UNDO button again by tapping  REDO button.

5. "RESET"

When you select "Return to the previous status", all settings are returned to the state before "SOUND EXPLORER" mode was started.
When you select "Reset to factory defaults", all settings in "SOUND EXPLORER" are returned to the factory default settings. *9


These settings can be adjusted using your iOS device's built-in gyroscope to "tilt" to the desired setting.

1. "Bass"

The Bass page appears by tapping the "Bass" button.
Tilt your device toward you to increase the bass level. Tilt it away from you to decrease the bass level.

2. "Dialogue"

The Dialogue page appears by tapping the "Dialogue" button. Tilt your device toward you to increase the dialogue level. Tilt it away from you to decrease the dialogue level.

* When the receiver is turned off or put in standby, the "EMPHASIS" settings are reset.


You can adjust the EQ settings from the "FINGER EQ" page.
Effects are applied to all of output channels simultaneously. Once you draw a frequency pattern by dragging on the display, adjustments are excuted.
You can save a frequency pattern by tapping "Save" pattern. You can recall a saved frequency pattern by tapping "Load" button.
* When the receiver is turned off or put in standby, the EQ settings are reset.


Balance can be adjusted using your iOS device's built-in gyroscope to "tilt" to the desired audio balance.

Tilt your iOS device to move the ball to the desired position. The ball's position represents the balance of the audio in your home theater.
Once the ball is in the desired position, tap the display to "Save" the position.
* When the receiver is turned off or put in standby, the Balance settings are reset.


1. "Select Product"

In this page, you can retrieve and connect to the target device.
This page will be utilized when you want to add a controlled equipment or connection procedure is failed in case of starting iControlAV2013.


AV receiver selection page appears by tapping "AVR" button.
Blu Ray disc player selection page appears by tapping "BDP" button.


Select "ON" if you want to connect to (and control) a related equipment. Select "OFF" if you do not want to.
As example, if you want to connect to the AV receiver and not to connect to the BDP,
select "ON" on the AVR page, and select "OFF" on the BDP page.


By tapping "UPDATE" button, iPhone/iPod touch starts to search iControlAV2012-ready equipments connected to your network environment,
and display discovered model names. You can connect to the target equipment by tapping its model name.

1-4."IP Address"

You can connect to the target equipment not only by "UPDATE" search, but also by direct IP address input.
IP address input page appears by tapping "IP address". Input an IP address of the target device and tap "SEARCH" button.
*To learn how to check the IP address, please refer to the owners' manual of the taeget device.

2. "Operation mode" *10

AV receiver has a various functions and settings.
To provide comfortable usabilities from beginners to AV enthusiasts, two operation modes are prepared.
  - Experts : You can adjust all functions by yourself.
  - Basic : To realize simple control, limited functions are provided. Each functions are prepared to provide optimised functions and settings.

3. "Play ZONE Setup" *10

Select the ZONE to play music to via AirPlay or DMR.

4. "Demo Mode"

You can swtich on/off of Demo mode. In Demo mode, you can preview iControlAV2013 without connecting to the target equipment.

5. "Input Edit" *10

You can edit input function name by taping "Input Edit" button.
This result reflects to the "INPUT SELECT" page and AV receiver display.

You can permute the order of input functions by tapping "Reorder".
You can also remove the unnecessary input function from the input function list by tapping the checkbox so as to disappear the check.
This result reflects to the "INPUT SELECT" page.(but does not reflect to the AV receiver).

6. "Version Info"

You can find the version information on this page.

(*1) There are some limitation in the screen changing according to the selected ZONE.
(*2) This is displayed only if Blu-ray disc player is connected on the network.
(*3) The number of zones that can be controlled depends on the model. For details, refer to your AV receiver's operating instructions.
(*4) You can power on only when the network-standby function of your PIONEER AV receiver is active.
(*5) You can power on only when the "Quick-Start" function of the Blu-ray Disc player is active.
        NOTE: You can not power on with iControlAV2013, if your Blu-ray Disc player does not have "Quick-Start" function.
(*6) There are some Blu-ray disc player functions you cannot operate from this page.
(*7) The parameter(s) that can be set are different depending on your AV receiver model.
(*8) Your iPhone/iPod touch must be connected to the internet to see the movies.
(*9) The settings other than the sound field adjustment function in "SOUND EXPLORER" are not reset.
(*10) This is displayed only if the AV receiver is connected to the network.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q1.What devices are supported by the iControlAV2013?

A1. Please see the list of supported devices on the App Store or iControlAV2013 introduction page.

Q2.Can other AV devices be operated with the application?

A2. AV devices other than supported AV receivers and Blu-ray Disc players cannot be operated.

Q3.Can iControlAV2013 be used with the last year's Pioneer AV receiver?

A3.The iControlAV series is developed by the best specification for each generation's AV receiver. This App doesn't support to the operation with the past model. The last year's AV receiver works with iControlAV2012. Please see the list of supported devices on the App Store or iControlAV2013 introduction page.. As for Blu-ray Disc Player, iControlAV2013 supports the past models.

Q4.What preparations have to be made to use the application?

A4.Connect the supported AV receiver or Blu-ray Disc player by Ethernet to your home's wireless LAN router equipped with a wired LAN connector.
(For a connections diagram, see "Before you start" in [Instruction Manual] above.)

Q5.What operating environment is required?

A5.The application can be used on an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad with iOS5.1 or later.

Q6.Does iControlAV2013 support the Retina display?

A6.iControlAV2013's screen realize the suitable display for the Retina display.

Q7.I'm having problems downloading the application.

A7.Do you have a log in ID for the App Store (iTunes Store)?
Depending on the WiFi connection's communications quality and the Internet connection's status, it may be difficult to download the application. In this case, wait awhile and try downloading again.

Q8.I have downloaded the application and prepared the environment, but I'm having trouble connecting and an error message is displayed.

A8.See Troubleshooting below.

Q9.As for 4 devices connection simultaneously, Can I operate it with which devices?

A9.It is possible to connect with all devices that can work with iControlAV2013.

Q10.The operation response sometimes becomes the slow, when the plural devices are connected simultaneously?

A10.It is not a breakdown though the movement of some functions might become slow.

Q11.Can music files on an iPhone/iPod touch/iPad be played from the application?

A11.(For iPhone/iPod touch) iControlAV2013 can play the strored music by tapping WiFi button of "INPUT SELECT" page.
(For iPad) iControlAV2013 can play the stored music by tapping WiFi "PUSH PLAYER" of MENU Area.
After playback, then select your AV reeiver by tapping WiFi button.
In case of Blu-ray disc player, the stored music in your iPhone/iPod touch/iPad can not be played,

Q12. I want to enjoy the stored music in my iPhone/iPod touch/iPad by "PUSH PLAYER" in my ZONE2 room.

A12.You can change Main to Zone2 by "PLAYZone" setting at "SETTINGS" page(HOME MENU).

Q13.Is it possible to play the stored music of NAS by "PUSH PLAYER"?

A13."PUSH PLAYER" is used when playing music files stored in your iPad/iPhone/iPod touch. As for the music file stored in your NAS, You can operate and play by "MEDIA SERVER" of INPUT SELECT page.

Q14.The playing music might become interrupted while adding/editing the playlist with "PUSH PLAYER".

A14.It is not defect influenced internal processing of iControlAV2013.

Q15.With my AV receiver I can't turn on the power from the application. Why is this?

A15.Turn the AV receiver's "Network Standby" function : ON. (Please refer for the below setting part,
"ECO MANEGER" setting ⇒ "At Stand-By" item ⇒ Minimum or Middle.)
For details, refer to your AV receiver's operating instructions.

Q16.I can not change the ZONE.

A16.You can change the "ZONE" at HOME MENU only (in case of iPhone/iPod touch), CONTROL page only (in case of iPad).

Q17.I can find "ZONE3" at the HOME MENU.

A17.The number of supported zones differs according to the AV receiver.

Q18.After change the selected "ZONE", the some features will be not appered.

A18.Depending on the current selected ZONE, it may not be possible to use some features.

Q19.I changed the settings in the demo mode, but when I checked later the settings had not been changed.

A19.Settings made in the demo mode are not saved.

Q20.Settings adjusted at "EMPHASIS", "BALANCE" and "FINGER EQ" are cleared.

A20.The application is designed so that the settings adjusted at "EMPHASIS", "BALANCE" and "FINGER EQ" are cleared when the AV receiver's power is turned off.
Only for the "FINGER EQ", it can save the one setting in the iControlAV2013. You will be able to load it anytime.

Q21.I have been using iControlAV2013 with an AV receiver and have recently purchased a Blu-ray Disc player as well. How can I connect it?

A21.Turn the Blu-ray Disc player on at Settings -> Select Devices.

Q22.I have been using iControlAV2013 with a Blu-ray Disc player and have recently purchased an AV receiver as well. How can I connect it?

A22.Turn the AV receiver on at Settings -> Select Devices.

Q23.I have been using iControlAV, iControlAV2 or iControlAV2012 with a Blu-ray Disc player and have recently purchased an AV receiver that is iControlAV2013-ready as well. How can I connect it?

A23.Delete iControlAV, iControlAV2 or iControlAV2012, and after that download iControlAV2013 into your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.

Q24.How many control devices (Blu-ray Disc players and AV receivers) can be recognized?

A24.All devices on the network can be recognized, but only one Blu-ray Disc player and one AV receiver each can be controlled.
If multiple units are recognized, the device to be controlled must be selected in iControlAV2013.

Q25.Some functions do not appear with "SOUND EXPLORER".

A25.Only the functions that are supported by the AV receiver being controlled will appear. For AV receivers supporting this, you first need to do a Full-Auto MCACC (automatic sound field tuning) once on the AV receiver itself before using the related function here.

Q26.A value that was set previously is displayed when I call out the manual IP settings screen. What should I do?

A26.To connect to a device that has a different IP address using the manual IP function, overwrite the IP address.

Q27.I cannot select some HDMI functions on the page of "INPUT SELECT".

A27.The HDMI input is assigned as input terminal of another function. It becomes available if the assignment is released via the AV receiver's "Home Menu" and the HDMI input is set as an independent input.

Q28.TV Audio does not output from my AV receiver.

A28.It might be not output the TV Audio output, if you set the "Control:OFF" or "ARC:OFF" at "At Stand-by" item of ECO MANAGER.

Q29.Why can't I download the "Spotify application for smartphone".

A29.Spotify can only be accessed in countries where it is officially available.


  • Does your iPhone/iPod touch/iPad connect to your network via WiFi? Once a WiFi connection is engaged, a WiFi icon Does your iPhone/iPod touch/iPad connect to your network via WiFi?
    Once a WiFi connection is engaged, a WiFi icon WiFi appears on the upper left corner of your iPhone/iPod touch/iPad screen.

  • Does your AV receiver and/or Blu-ray disc player connect to your network?
    Please connect it/them to the same network as your iPhone/iPod touch/iPad are connected.
    (Please connect your AV receiver and/or Blu-ray disc player to your network access point)

  • Is your AV receiver and/or Blu-ray disc player turned on?
    If your AV receiver's Network Standby is set to ON (In the case of a Blu-ray disc player, Quick Start is ON), you can use iControlAV2013 to control your AV receiver and/or Blu-ray disc player when they are in standby mode.

  • "Did you already connect iControlAV2013 to Blu-ray Disc player from another iPhone/iPod touch/iPad/Android?
    If so, you cannot connect multiple iPhone/iPod touch/iPad/Android to Blu-ray Disc player at the same time.

  • During the iControlAV2013 starting process, did you change the IP adress of the AV receiver and/or Blu-ray Disc player manually?
    If so, exit iControlAV2013 and restart the application.

  • Is your AV receiver and/or Blu-ray Disc player compatible with iControlAV2013?
    Please refer to the list of compatible models for iControlAV2013 on the introduction page of the app.

  • Does your Blu-ray disc player connect to the internet?
    If you don't connect your Blu-ray disc player to the internet, its network set-up is not yet completed.

For Introduction Features and Download (iControlAV2013 Application Support & Guide Top page), click here

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